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Tate Modern

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Today was a long day due to the tube strike (read here), but after a delightful stop and sit at Starbucks (read here), we went off to visit the Tate Modern during our couple of hours of free time. One thing I enjoy about London is the fact that most museums and galleries are free, which means I can enjoy art/history without worrying about the exchange rate.

"for free" = best two-word combination

“for free” = best two-word combination

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is quite large, so we were unfortunately only able to visit two collections on two different floors. I will definitely try to come back and view the other two floors if I have the time, but the two floors we did visit were quite amazing on their own! The Paul Klee exhibit was unfortunately pay-to-enter, but the rest of the museum was free!

Paul Klee "EY Exhibition"

Paul Klee “EY Exhibition”

Art - Events - Film

Art – Events – Film

1st Collection: Poetry and Dream

1st Collection: Poetry and Dream

The first floor we visited was the Poetry and Dream Collection. The museum allows visitors to photograph the works of art as long as he/she turns of their flash – this meant that I had several photos to choose from because I can only upload so many on this blog post.

From this collection, here were some of my favorite pieces:

"Weeping Woman", Pablo Picasso (1937)

“Weeping Woman”, Pablo Picasso (1937)

"The Three Dancers", Pablo Picasso (1925)

“The Three Dancers”, Pablo Picasso (1925)

"A Mi-Voix", Dorothea Tanning (1958)

“A Mi-Voix”, Dorothea Tanning (1958)

"Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs)", Barkley L Hendricks (1974)

“Family Jules: NNN (No Naked Niggahs)”, Barkley L Hendricks (1974)

The second collection, titled Transformed Visions, was definitely the more interesting of the two (for me, at least). I enjoyed the sculpture and more three-dimensional art work displayed in this collection, and can cross off one famous painting on my bucket list: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

2nd Collection: Transformed Visions

2nd Collection: Transformed Visions

"Yellow Islands", Jackson Pollock (1952)

“Yellow Islands”, Jackson Pollock (1952)

"Water-Lilies", Claude Monet (after 1916)

“Water-Lilies”, Claude Monet (after 1916)

One of my favorite pieces in the collection isn’t actually a painting, but a series of five sculpted heads displaying the bust of Nefertiti, wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Fred Wilson (the artist) encourages visitors to think more about the themes of racial identity, particularly in the history of African peoples (specifically the Egyptians, in this case at least).

"Grey Area (Black Version)", Fred Wilson (1993)

“Grey Area (Black Version)”, Fred Wilson (1993)

artwork description

artwork description

Before leaving the museum to watch Henry V, we visited the balcony in order to enjoy the view. The shop definitely had one of the best postcard selections we’ve seen so far, but it is understandable since the Tate Modern is an art museum.

view from the cafe balcony

view from the cafe balcony

zoomed in

zoomed-in view

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